Instructor: Kelly A. MacArthur
Class Time and Place: 8:35 to 9:25 a.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in JWB335
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:40-10:40 a.m,
Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Office Location: JWB226
E-mail address: email@example.com
Text: (1) Calculus with Differential Equations, 9th edition,
by Varberg, Purcell and Rigdon. ISBN: 0-13-230633-6
(2) My class notes which will be posted on my website (possibly
per day or possibly by week). You will need to print those out and bring them to
class, because I'll refer to them regularly. (Please note: You
can print them in the Math Computer Lab for no cost.)
Prerequisite: At least a C grade in Math1050 (College
Algebra) AND Math1060 (Trigonometry) OR in Math1080 or an Accuplacer score of 95 on the
College Level Math test or at least a 3 on the AB Calculus AP exam
Tutoring Lab: T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center (adjacent to JWB and LCB), Room 155
M - Th 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(opens Wednesday) (closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
They are also offering group tutoring sessions. If you're interested, inquire at the Tutoring Lab.
Private Tutoring: University Tutoring Services, 330 SSB
(they offer inexpensive tutoring). There is also a list of tutors at the Math Department office in JWB233.
Computer Lab: also in the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center, Room 155C.
M – Th 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Link to computer lab is http://www.math.utah.edu/ugrad/lab.html
Grading: The grades will be calculated as follows:
Daily Quizzes 10%
Weekly Quizzes 15%
Final Exam 25%
(Note: There will be 3 midterms. Your lowest midterm score will count for 10% of your grade and your top two midterm scores will each count for 20% of your final grade.)
Teaching Philosophy: I believe strongly that
mathematics, at its core, is the art/experience/science of
problem solving and pattern recognition. It is inherently a
creative process, one to be struggled with, repeated, and
enjoyed. The process requires imagination, persistence,
courage, processing time, and ultimately produces experiential,
mathematical skill. It is from this perspective that I teach.
I'm not as concerned with the destination, i.e. the answer, as I
am about the journey of problem-solving and mathematical
exploration since it is exactly the entirety of the journey that
creates the answer. And, self-confidence and mastery are then
natural by-products of the mathematical journey.
There are homework problems assigned for each day. You can
access that list of problems at my website. It is important to
do the homework problems even though I will not collect the
homework. If you don't do the homework for practice, it is
highly unlikely that you will pass the daily quizzes and exams.
Practice makes perfect...or at least it makes you head in the
direction of perfect. :) Observing someone else do the problems is VERY different from working the problems yourself!!
Weekly Quizzes: There will be a total of 11 weekly
quizzes on Fridays in class, all of which are listed on the
course outline document. This will be a 15-minute quiz in class that will
cover that week's material. Quiz questions will be taken from text examples, class
examples, assigned problems or problems very much like those
problems. I will give the weekly quiz at an arbitrary time
during class, so if you arrive late or have to leave early and
you miss the quiz, you will receive a zero for that quiz, no exceptions. I will drop your lowest two weekly quiz scores.
Daily Quizzes: There will be a five-minute quiz at the start
of each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday class. Each of these quizzes
will have one or two fairly simple questions on it. The questions will
be intended to determine if you prepared for class by watching the
lecture videos before class. There will be a total of about 36 such
quizzes. I will drop the lowest five daily quiz scores. Again, if
you are not there at the start of class when the quiz is taken, you
will receive a zero for the quiz, no exceptions.
Online Grades: I will put your grades online on Canvas.
You can get there easily from the main University of Utah
website www.utah.edu. To log in, you use the same student id
and password that you use for Campus Information System. I do
my best to update the grades on a regular basis and keep
everything accurate. However, I would advise you to check
your grades often to make sure there were no data entry
mistakes. I'm always happy to correct any mistakes I've made. You just need to let me know about them.
Calculators: You may find it helpful to have a graphing
calculator for your own personal use. However, if I allow
calculators on exams or quizzes, I will only allow scientific
calculators (no graphing or programmable calculators will be
allowed ever). Most of the time, you will not have use of a
calculator on exams and quizzes. This will be discussed more in class with each quiz and test.
Grading Scale: Although I'm not philosophically
opposed to curving grades, I find it's rarely necessary. The grade scale will be the usual:
A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79),
C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), E (0-59).
If I do need to curve the grades, I will simply shift
everything down by a few points (whatever is necessary).
ADA Statement: The American with Disabilities Act requires that
reasonable accommodations be provided for students with physical,
sensory, cognitive, systemic, learning and psychiatric disabilities.
Any student with a certified disability who needs to arrange
reasonable accommodations must contact the Center for Disabled
Students (CDS) and me at the beginning of the semester to discuss any
such accommodations for the course.
Other Policies: Due to experience, I have decided to make some
additional policies regarding my classroom administration and grading.
- I do NOT allow the use of laptop computers in my classroom. At this
point, I don't believe you are taking notes for the class if your
computer is open. Thus, it is unnecessary in class. If
you are using a tablet or ipad or some similar device to
take notes and the screen lies parallel to your desk,
that is totally fine.
- There will be no retakes of exams ever. Your score is
what you get.
- You may take an alternate exam if you talk to me about
it first and explain the extenuating circumstances that
make it necessary. Needing to work, babysitting your
siblings, oversleeping, or needing more time to study do
not pass as acceptable reasons to inconvenience me.
Getting in a car crash or your mother's death, on the
other hand, is sufficient reason to request to take an
alternate exam. But, it is 100% your responsibility to
communicate with me as soon as is possible, before
the exam occurs (or as soon as possible). Talking to
me after the problem will be sufficient reason for
me to allow you to get a zero on that test. I reserve
the right to make alternate exams more difficult than the scheduled exam.
- I will demand respectful behavior in my classroom.
Examples of disrespect include, but are not limited to,
reading a newspaper or magazine in class, social chatting
with your friend in class, text-messaging your buddies
during class or cuddling with your girl/boyfriend in
class. If you choose to be disrespectful during my class,
I can guarantee I will take action to terminate your
disruptive behavior, and that action may not be desirable
- There will be no cursing nor negative ranting (for
example, “math sucks”) on any written work
turned in. The penalty for such things on your written
work will be a zero score on that assignment or test!
- You need to have a valid email address registered
with Campus Information System. I will regularly send
emails to the class and will hold you accountable for
receiving that information. If you have troubles
receiving my weekly emails, you can (1) check to make sure
your email address at Campus Information System is
correct, (2) make sure my emails are not going directly to
your junk mail folder, or (3) contact the webmaster at Campus Information System.
- If you have crisis-level extenuating circumstances
which require flexibility, it is completely your
responsibility to communicate with me as soon as possible.
The longer you wait to communicate with me, the less I can and am willing to do to help.
- If you have questions about any exam/quiz/homework
grade, or you want to appeal the grading of the
exam/quiz/homework, you must bring it to me within one
week of the exam. After that, you will have to live
with whatever grade you got.
- Please make sure you do your best throughout the
semester and come talk to me as soon as possible if you need further study
strategies. I'm more than happy to help you during the
semester or offer ideas to change your study habits in
order to succeed. However, I will NOT offer any extra credit or extra project at the
end of the semester or any other way for you to improve
your grade at that time. I have given you full
information in this syllabus about how the course will
be graded. If you ask me at any point if
I'll make special arrangements or some exception for you
to improve your grade by some means or if you ask what
extra something you can do to
improve your grade or if you give me some long explanation
about how you need this class to go on or graduate or
how a bad grade will adversely affect your life and thus
try to convince me to change your grade in some way, I will
automatically deduct one percentage point from your
overall grade, just for asking the question!!
Also, I will NOT respond to such emails, unless it is
simply to refer to this note in the syllabus so you'll
know why your grade was just decreased.
- If you cheat on any homework, project, quiz or
exam, I will automatically give you a zero for that
grade. Depending on the severity of the cheating, I
may decide to fail you from the class. Please note that
the use (or even just pulling it out of your pocket) of a cell phone or any other electronic internet
device is cause for receiving an automatic zero on any quiz or exam.
- I reserve the right to change my policies stated in
this syllabus at some point in the semester. If I do make
a change to a policy, I will announce it in class and send
the change in email through Campus Information System.